Healthy Cookie Dough Fudge
Nut butter- I think that pecan butter or a mix of pecan and cashew butter gives the most authentic “cookie dough” flavor but you could experiment with peanut butter for a “peanut butter cookie” flavor. To make pecan and/or cashew butter, place 3 cups of nuts in a food processor or blender and process until the nuts turn into butter. They will go from being whole nuts, to becoming fine crumbs, to becoming sticky crumbs, to finally becoming a smooth nut butter. You will have nut butter left over after you take out the 1/2 cup needed for this recipe. Nut butter is great in smoothies, on top of ice cream, or on toast!
Protein powder- The benefit of vanilla whey protein powder in this recipe is that it adds a protein boost in this snack AND it adds a delicious flavor. I would not recommend using a plant-based protein powder if it has a funky taste.
Sweetener- I like using a combination of coconut sugar and a few drops of stevia extract. The whey protein I use also has stevia and monk fruit in it, so that adds to the sweetness. Experiment with your favorite sweeteners and taste as you mix the cookie dough.
Oatmeal- The oatmeal is completely optional and can be omitted if you are strictly grain free. I think it adds a nice flavor and texture so I choose to use it.
Cookie Dough Fudge
1/2 cup pecan butter
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup vanilla whey protein powder (I like this brand)
1/4 cup coconut sugar
2 T. coconut flour
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 drops of stevia extract (optional)
1/4 cup of oatmeal (optional)
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Taste and adjust the sweetness to suite your liking. Line a small rectangular container with parchment paper (I used a 5x7 glass pyrex). Press the cookie dough into an even layer in the container and sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips on top, pressing them in to stick. Refrigerate until hardened. Cut into 1” squares and enjoy! Yields 20 pieces.
“We tried the recipe and my family loved it. However, I made a few substitutions because I just used what I had on hand. I used peanut butter. For the 3 different kinds of flour listed, I just used Jules Gluten Free All-Purpose flour. I also used brown sugar instead of the sugar listed. But it was delicious!”